Candidates for Council Position 2 / Walter Wesley

1. East Portland is home to 25% of the city’s population, yet has historically been allocated a smaller share of city resources than other areas of town. How will you support equity for East Portland in city investments in transportation, parks, housing and economic development?

Start with identification of the Municipal partnerships needed for implementation; followed by the Strategic Priority and Action Plan strategies or item(s) to which it relates; 

Set goals that East Portland attains the promised investments made during annexation to reach parity with other parts of the city in public facilities and capital spending; encourage prioritization of projects in East Portland.

Institutionalize geographic mapping of City spending. 

Develop a Quadrant Plan equivalent for East Portland. Planning and Sustainability Commission Representative and Operations Committee. 

Engage ethnic communities in neighborhood activities; provide overhead funding for translation/language services to remove barriers and improve messaging and invitations.

Increase funding and technical assistance for organizations that desire to establish (two new ethnicity/languages every two years) or to strengthen existing ethnically-based Community Health Worker programs. 

Establish racially and ethnically representative community oversight of Community Health Worker programming. 

Educate first- time homeowners to require environmental hazard assessments on property to be purchased. 

Expand community non-profit home repair and rehabilitation assistance programs to cover a greater number of households. 

Fund and implement a housing rehabilitation program for East Portland to improve the safety, appearance, and affordability of existing housing stock. Involve the East Portland Action Plan Housing Subcommittee in the development of the program.  

Perform an Anti-Displacement Impact Analysis when considering multi-family and commercial developments. to provide a pre-build assessment of the effect such development will have on displacement in the area (usually a one-mile radius). 

Funding for East Portland to support the acquisition of developable land and existing market-rate housing currently serving low-income families and communities of color by organizations actively working to prevent residential displacement and build healthy, inclusive neighborhoods within East Portland.

Educate first- time homeowners to require environmental hazard assessments on property to be purchased. 

Expand community non-profit home repair and rehabilitation assistance programs to cover a greater number of households. 

Fund and implement a housing rehabilitation program for East Portland to improve the safety, appearance, and affordability of existing housing stock. Involve the East Portland Action Plan Housing Subcommittee in the development of the program. 

Perform an Anti-Displacement Impact Analysis when considering multi-family and commercial developments. to provide a pre-build assessment of the effect such development will have on displacement in the area (usually a one-mile radius). 

Funding for East Portland to support the acquisition of developable land and existing market-rate housing currently serving low-income families and communities of color by organizations actively working to  

 

2. East Portland lags behind the rest of the city in personal incomes and job opportunities. What will you do to increase the number of family-wage jobs in East Portland?

All Municipalities: Maximize East Portland’s economic benefits from public projects through local and diverse hiring provisions and community benefits. 

Partner with the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiatives and other urban renewal and economic development efforts to bring living wage jobs to East Portland. 

Connect East Portland residents to family-wage employment outside of the area by identifying and removing barriers, such as limited transportation options.add new and frequent routes.

 

3. Portland is experiencing a severe housing crisis, and East Portland residents are particularly vulnerable to displacement. What tools will you implement to prevent involuntary displacement of low-income people from East Portland?

Educate first- time homeowners to require environmental hazard assessments on property to be purchased.  

Expand community non-profit home repair and rehabilitation assistance programs to cover a greater number of households. 

Fund and implement a housing rehabilitation program for East Portland to improve the safety, appearance, and affordability of existing housing stock. Involve the East Portland Action Plan Housing Subcommittee in the development of the program. 

Perform an Anti-Displacement Impact Analysis when considering multi-family and commercial developments. to provide a pre-build assessment of the effect such development will have on displacement in the area (usually a one-mile radius). 

Funding for East Portland to support the acquisition of developable land and existing market-rate housing currently serving low-income families and communities of color by organizations actively working to prevent residential displacement and build healthy, inclusive neighborhoods within East Portland.

 

4. What is your strategy to bring East Portland’s street infrastructure up to the standard of the rest of the city?

Educate first- time homeowners to require environmental hazard assessments on property to be purchased.

Expand community non-profit home repair and rehabilitation assistance programs to cover a greater number of households. 

Fund and implement a housing rehabilitation program for East Portland to improve the safety, appearance, and affordability of existing housing stock. Involve the East Portland Action Plan Housing Subcommittee in the development of the program.  

Perform an Anti-Displacement Impact Analysis when considering multi-family and commercial developments. to provide a pre-build assessment of the effect such development will have on displacement in the area (usually a one-mile radius).  

Funding for East Portland to support the acquisition of developable land and existing market-rate housing currently serving low-income families and communities of color by organizations actively working to prevent residential displacement and build healthy, inclusive neighborhoods within East Portland.

 

5. If you are elected, what is your vision of East Portland a decade from now? What is your strategy to get us there?

My most serious concern is elements of 5G  the Microwave High Band ( 20 to 100 gigahertz) is known to penetrate animal and plant bodies this causes harmonic sympathetic frequencies to upset cells,  this is a fact.   As these Microwave emitters are planned at 100M meters there would be no place to hide from the effects i.e. DNA mutations, cancer, immune failure , headaches nausea and death,   It’s My Vision to prevent the spread of High Band 5G.

 

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